The New York Mets have hit their stride. After taking 3 out of 4 against the Giants this week, the Mets find themselves at the top of the NL East with a 10-4 record. Emerging from the dark cloud of 2021, the Mets have the best record in baseball through 2 weeks.
There's been no shortage of praise to throw around, whether it's Francisco Lindor and his team-high 4 HRs or Carlos Carrasco's resurgence as a mainstay in the rotation after a lost 2021 season. Coming off a dissapointing 77-85 season, the team made a flurry of moves to reshape the roster as well as the coaching staff and front office. Needless to say, the team has had a major facelift.
Heading into the weekend, let's take a closer look at 3 of these reasons the Mets find themselves in such a optomistic position.
The new-look Mets outfield
Last season was a mess all around, but a glaring issue that stood out was the lack of production from the outfield room. The starting trio of Dominic Smith, Brandon Nimmo, and Michael Conforto had massive issues at the plate as a collective unit. They only were able to combine for 33 HRs last season, and the defense of Dominic Smith in particular was questionable in LF. Fast-forward to the off-season, and the Mets wasted no time in addressing the matter.
After allowing Michael Conforto to walk in free agency, the Mets went after a big name to replace him. They inked a deal with former Pirates all-star Starling Marte, giving themselves an elite defender in the OF who can still get on base at an elite level. Just last season, he finished with a .310 average playing for the Marlins and Athletics. So far, Marte has been exactly what the Mets have asked for despite playing in unfarmiliar territory in RF. He has been well worth the $78 million dollar price tag.
With the team still needing to find a starting-caliber LF, team went after and signed another former Athletic in Mark Canha. Canha was often overshadowed by his all-star teammates Matt Olson and Matt Chapman, but is a good player in his own right. With the Mets, Canha has been off to a sizzling start at the dish. His team-high .379 BA is evidence enough of his contributions to the team thus far, and he's been rock solid in LF as well.